Casa Lucia in The Borgo of Bucciano is in the centre of Tuscany only 40 minutes Florence/Pisa/Lucca with several small medieval villages nearby. Casa Lucia is a little gem with lots of outside space. Private gates from the piazza lead to Casa Lucia's front door - its unique terrace & French windows to lovely private 110sqm garden: both with seating. Its elevated garden/patio enjoys stunning views of olive trees, glimpse of the pool & hills. A large tree forms a natural parasol. Superbly renovated with terracotta tiles, chestnut doors/windows and old exposed beams. The front door opens into an open-plan airy room in the Italian style: incorporating stylish and comfortably furnished dining, sitting and kitchen areas. Shared pool and gardens (lots of space) have long-ranging views of the surrounding countryside. Casa Lucia has its own allocated parking. On Casa Lucia's private garden or terrace, sit and sip a glass of wine from the local vineyards. A delightful place for a holiday!
Borgo di Bucciano and San Miniato: The setting is superb within beautiful countryside with views of soft hills near vineyards, fields of sunflowers, olive groves and farmers working in their fields. Bucciano offers a very good base as it is central for touring all Tuscany, good communications for reaching a variety of holiday destinations and convenient for days out and Tuscan adventures! Several interesting villages nearby - Peccioli, bar/pasticceria/enoteca, Montaione with a superb alimentari, small bar and newsagent - and restaurants. 7km from San Miniato - a small gem, for the castle remains and fine views and its medieval treasures. There is usually a market in town every Tuesday, nearby San Miniato Basso has a Thursday market and station to Florence.
San Miniato was founded by the Etruscans, the most powerful civilisation in pre-Roman Italy, who gave Tuscany its name. On his way home from Pisa, St Francis of Assisi travelled to the top of the San Miniato hill and founded the historic Convent in 1211.
San Miniato contd, Lucca and the Coast: More... It was a town full of intrigue, battles, politics and power - variously ruled by France, Florence and even Spain. Now there is a slower pace of life. As much of Tuscany, still predominantly rural with fertile soil and a temperate climate. Napoleonic connections.
Visit Lucca for sightseeing & elegant shopping within a preserved 16th century fortress city - only 35 minutes away. One of the most beautiful and elegant cities in Tuscany, Lucca has exquisite shops and restaurants, a weekly market & a special monthly antiques market. Hire good bicycles to ride around its famous walls, from where the historic old town can be seen inside, with Art Deco buildings and newer town outside. Lucca is mainly for pedestrians. Most visitors return.
San Gimignano is a must!
The famous coastal resorts of Viareggio and the more select Forte dei Marmi, are just to the west of Lucca, on the coast - beach, sunbathing and pleasant walking. Viareggio has a famous carnival in February
Florence, Siena, and the Coast: and more...
The Coast - Viareggio, Forte dei Marmi 45 minutes.
Florence - 40 minutes - Visit the main piazza with its Duomo and Baptistry; the galleries, shops and markets. Cross the Ponte Vecchio and walk along the Arno.
Visit nearby Fiesole - it's cooler in the heat of the summer.
Visit Siena - for its semi-circular piazza with a tall tower overlooking the Palio horse racing - 60 minutes. The drive itself is interesting.
All Tuscany can be visited from San Miniato - trains to Florence 25 minutes!
With an early start, Umbria can be visited - it is interesting to compare the two.
Certaldo and Leonardo's birthplace of Vinci is 20 minutes away and the nearby museum has scale models of his inventions. Very interesting!
The area around San Miniato is lovely and Casa Lucia is an excellent base - Beautiful in Spring; glorious in summer; bright and warm days in autumn; cosy in winter. Just come...
Golf - there are many excellent golf courses in Tuscany. Ask for details.
We had a wonderful HONEYMOON and found the accommodation delightful. Perfect weather - sunny 24 degrees. Visited Florence, Pisa, Siena, Volterra, Montereggiano. . . also local hamlet fantastic restaurant we'd recommend amazing views, excellent service, delicious food. (couple Oct/Nov 2006)
****CASA LUCIA NEWS**** (see also extra page for our Guest Book). The pool and the adjacent gardens with olive trees and the piazza area are now blooming. Our large garden tree and shrubs at the bottom of the garden have been pruned to open up the lovely view. For 2007 we have wooden sunloungers and a matching table under the garden tree. Internally, a second shower has been installed and our guests have enjoyed this extra facility. Roberto our housekeeper is always kind and helpful. Most of our returning guests have used the word 'wonderful' when emailing thanks. 'We had a lovely time - we loved Casa Lucia. The views are fantastic. I could find no fault with Casa Lucia at all' Family June 2007.
Casa Lucia is in the Borgo of Bucciano, central Tuscany in an idyllic setting with many interesting villages/towns nearby. Walks in surrounding vineyards/olive groves. The pool overlooks the hills of San Miniato only 15 min away, medieval art treasures & weekly market, shops, ice cream; excellent restaurants en route, in the surrounding countryside. La Serra (4 min) has simple facilities & a special restaurant with garden tables under gazebos. Easy travelling visit Florence (local train); Chianti; Lucca (& the coastal resorts seaside Viareggio, Forte dei Marmi and the Cinque Terre), Pisa, The Etruscan Coast and Volterra- only 40 minutes. San Gimignano and Siena an hour - the little town of Vinci 20 minutes away - birthplace of Leonardo - has an interesting museum with working models. There is plenty to do: an ideal location for an enjoyable holiday for one/two couples, friends or a family. 15 minutes from FI-PI-LI autostrada. Nr Province of Florence border. This is real Tuscany.
Other Activities: Lovely drives/walks, local villages, restaurants. Nr tourist sites: San Miniato/Florence/Pisa/Lucca/San Gimignano/Siena/Volterra/Vinci/Two Coasts
Golf: We have details on Tuscan golf courses - please ask for details if you are interested. An easy drive from Casa Lucia are small local villages such as Montaione and Palaia, pleasant to stroll around and with good restaurants and bars to watch the world go by.
Our guests report the local restaurants to be excellent and kind to the pocket!
Gourmet special: The famous San Miniato Truffle Fair usually takes place at the end of November - and all the local restaurants serve truffles from September onwards - they are wonderful! During this time especially, it is also possible to purchase wine direct from the vineyards. Casa Lucia is only 15 minutes from San Miniato. Come and sample the real Tuscany.
In September and October there are wine festivals to celebrate the new vintage - the olive picking starts and often continues into December. The local produce throughout the year is luscious - shopping (from markets, alimentare or supermarkets) actually enjoyable - and cooking no hassle: the ingredients are so good and Casa Lucia has a well equipped kitchen with cooker hood, window and French windows to the interesting garden view.